Best Brand of Drums

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The Top Ten

1
Pearl
From the forum series beginner set to the pearl masters and reference high end sets, pearl delivers great sound quality, shell and hardare quality and they're not so expensive, I've tried out all of the pearl sets and each of them sounds amazing. (best one is the masters and the free floating snare drum )
Tama is good but I use pearl and I like it and I think dwdrums are better than Tamma not pearl though
I really love pearl.. Trusted for uncountable years of service )
We've been using it for our mini concerts and its very-good music makes our performance 'the best'.
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2DW Drums
All the other companies make great gear. However, the attention to detail that goes into EVERY DW Drum kit, is what makes the difference. John Good, has come up with some amazing ways to get drums to sound the way everyone wants them to. They are VERY pricey (my new 7 piece, drums only, comes to $5,000 - and I got a screaming deal). But I believe the quality is untouched. I have owned 1 Yamaha kit, 2 Pacific Kits (PDP), and a Taye kit. I am super stoked about my newest adventure.

Like I said, the other companies in this list make great gear too, just not as "perfect" as DW in my opinion. I spent MONTHS looking for a new kit. DW, came out on top, but a close second were Mapex and Tama. 3rd was the Yamaha PHX, 4th was Gretsch. Pearl and Yamaha kits were further down the line. Pearl has always seemed "mass produced" to me, and so does a huge portion of the Yamaha line. While I know people will tout about the Pearl Master Series. I had a friend who owned a set. And while he had them tuned well, there was still a feeling a "mass production" to me. They were nice drums, very nice by today's standards. I just didn't feel that the quality surpassed other kits. When you hold a DW drum, and then hold another drum, I think you can feel the difference in the drum quality.
I have played every major manufacturers drums over the past 29 years. DW is the most innovative company in the industry today, and has been since the late 90's. Their kits have the best sound and are the easiest to tune of any brand I have tried. Specific endorsees usually are not a good measure of a company as with the top drummers it is a business decision not a personal choice. I am not an endorsee, just a real experienced professional drummer that chooses to buy DW because they are a vastly superior product.
John Good is a mad genius! DW drums are the most innovative and best sounding drums that this world has ever known in the history of music. The work that is put into making these wonderful instruments is so in depth and so precise. I love a good pearl kit, but I feel like they are more of an "assembly line" or massed produced product. You can watch any videos of any other brands and it doesn't seem like half of the work is performed on any other brand than DW. DW drums are definitely built with love and are matched by no other.
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3Tama
TAMA IS THE BEST HANDS DOWN
Lars Ulrich's favorite drums
I mean is there is anything else to say
I don't think so
TAMA king of Drums World... I got a separate place in Drummers world by my TAMA. Its Simply DRUMS=TAMA, Nothing more can get near to TAMA. ITS the Best among the Best..
I've been with Tama for years, in my own personal opinion they are the all round best drum company. They are built very strong with many attachments anyone can get. You can get custom made or just a basic set. I started with a simple 5 piece swingstar and now its a crazy set I play with my industrial band and sessions I do. They are just built to last that's why I've had mine for 13 years, not to say Tamas Iron Cobras are built just as strong and last forever. Just my own opinion, my best friend plays pearl which is just as strong but I stick with Tama baby.
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4Mapex
Amazing drum kits! They've got probably the best Snare Drums out of all the drum brands, in my opinion, and nearly the best toms too. Although their cymbals suck but that's what Sabian is for. MAPEX

LethalTortoise

Great sounding kits all round, even for a beginner or even a professional! There drums sound really good but again like some others will say, their Cymbals need a bit of work, but hey, that's why there's Zildjian and Sabian Cymbals there! If you can find a good deal on a Mapex kit, go for it! There probably also one of few drum kits that you get a lot of value in for what you pay for
It is a amazing drum brand. I've tried many other drums and to me I think mapex is the best. My current drum set is the Mapex Meridian Maple series. The mapex drums provides great sounds no matter wood you prefer.
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5Yamaha
Yamaha drums are by far the best sounding drums I've ever played (besides dw), yamaha's higher end drums, such as the maple custom series, produce a really deep, fat, warm, resonant tone, that I really haven't heard from some other companies. The durability of the drums is outstanding due to the fact they use the diagonal seem system which keeps the drums from warping. Yamaha also uses the airseal system which takes all the moisture out of the drums and keeps it out so you don't have to worry about humidity affecting the sound. I was really shocked to see Yamaha so far down the list, in my opinion Yamaha should be up in the top 3.
In my opinion yamaha should be number one the toms have a nice tone and the bass is just incredible and another good thing is the tom sizes are amller which can help accommodate smaller drummers. Plus most churches and music festivals use yamaha drums. Even my grandmas church bright hope baptist in philly has a yamaha gig maker which wows me with the sound to be a beggining kit
I'm using Yamaha ( power recording custom and hip-gig ) for about years and I won't change brand ever.
Useless to say which brand is the best, it's all about the sound you are looking for and to the style of music you play.
I think the top model of any brand is good.
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6PDP
The rev from avenged sevenfold use this brand too.! Its very brilliant set up..!
Great drums sound clear and just as good snares and toms as DW or any other brands. They sound clear and good and I have a PDP rack and it is more customizable that any I have used before.
I think that pdp should be number 1 in the list. I have 1 pdp set at home and
Hve a wonderful sound
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7Ludwig
Don't forget Ringo from the Beatles. The set is awesome! I've used a Ludwig for the past 3-4 years. It's still standing. It still sounds great and I honestly love it! Pearl, DW, and Yamaha are good, but nothing beats Ludwig!

Lycanhropy21

Ludwig has been the standard to which all others have been compared to beyond the years of so many percussionists currently playing. Popularity is determined by high-profile performers which in turn tend to drive polls like these. Ludwig suffered when they also offered for sale their second tier of quality sets. However in my opinion, the best built with the best tonal delivery is still that of the Ludwig top line.
Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Steve Vai. Enough said.
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8Gretsch
I have many kits over the years from pearl, to yamaha to tama to ludwig and many others, but none have compared to the sound that Gretsch produces. Their kits are cheap and the sound is just as good on a cheap Gretsch kit than on a expensive pearl kit. The shells are some of the best I've had the pleasure of listening to, and their tone is pitch perfect. I've talk to many drummers over the years and most agree that Gretsch is either the best or second best make ever. Gretsch kits can accustom any type of music from Jazz to heavy rock.If you're a beginner I would recommend a Gretsch kit, their sound quality and feel would welcome a beginner easily. Their German engineering rings true when you hear the mighty beats of a Gretsch kit.
While not the least expensive, Gretsch Renown's can go up against any kit in the marketplace. When I purchased my kit, there was a DW kit for twice the price next to it on the floor. I was amazed that the Gretsch kits tone seemed to be superior to the the DW. I tune my drums low and w/ Aquarian Performance 10 heads, I receive many compliments from sound engineers commenting on the quality of sound they produce. Just for jazz, I don't think so. These drums sounds like absolute thunder when properly tuned. Best of all, the American name is a true survivor. Gretch... Their slogan says it all... "That Great Gretsch Sound. "
Strong, rich, and punchy. Foremost, CLEAR!
The sound is great, and seems to be applicable to almost all genres of music(in my opinion).

The best sounding drums I've heard.
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9Sonor Drums
Sonor is best for jazz music or even other music. It has good tone quality. The shells and the drums itself is excellent when it comes to durability and it is the drummer's drum.

It isn't so expensive yet its not cheap but it's price is affordable and the quality is so brilliant. Maybe other brands like pearl, yamaha, tama and other are far more bigger manufacturer of drumset but Sonor is far more better that those drumsets.
acdc plays with sonor, sound is perfect I love it. this is an excellent brand and its quality is very high which is reflected on its sound

Sonor's are good, but not the cheap ones. If you want a good Sonor, you'll need some money
Other band's that use Sonor are Motorhead, Rammstein,30 Seconds to Mars, Tool, Meshuggah and Ozzy Osbourne
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10ddrum
Keep a close eye on this company(Ddrum) They are building superior products in just a short amount of time. I've played DW, Pearl, Tama, Ludwig, and none of these sets holds a candle to my custom maple Dominion Dominator set-up. Stix143
Why do you think many drummers are moving to ddrum? Great quality
I was a pearl player but switched to this brand... Great tone
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The Contenders

11Zildijian
For me the symbols are off the hook, they ring like crazy! If you want to make some serious music buy zildijian symbols as for the rest of the drum am not so sure, cause I have'nt got the chance to try it yet. But seriously music calls for zildijian, sambian and tama now that is a drum for sure play hard my brothers!
This is maroon 5 drum
The best cymbalas on the planet!
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12Jinbao
Very ok cause it is half the price as compared to other drums
This brand of drums is just right for a beginner they are selling at very good prices at kmall and comes with one hi hat a crash cymbel a bace drum a snare the three toms a seat and obveislyy the sticks this is just the kit that will let your heart rum to its content

13Spaun
AMAZING got a custom series set used cheap! Blown away. 8ply maple. If you have the money buy them!

14Meinl
I like meinl cause most of their cymbals sound really good. The only thing is the price, but most good soundong cymbals are a lot of money
Just bought MCS set for my son. He like so much and I am happy because, its sound so good for my budget
Best sounding cymbals I've used

15Fernando
Fernando drums, From my experience, not the best but the drums are cheap and only needs some few tuning, But what makes it suck because of their cymbals

16Dixon
The Dixon drum sets are great. I love the sound quality better than any other brands that's why I recommend dixon drum set thank you.
The wood work on the kit is good, which helps in delivering good quality of sound
They are coming up with amazing kits and they sound as crisp as any other kit
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17Premier
"Best underrated drum brand"
Played all types and love these drums
Denchest retro shiz ever
Has thenicestt snare sound ever and is much better yamaha or tama!
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18Truth
Have a look at what these guys can do in regards to not only sound but the presentation of the kit itself. Any design you can think of these guys can pull it off.
Look at the artists who play with Truth Drums as opposed to those who play Yamahas or Sonors. No comparison. Truth should be number 2, directly behind Tama.
My cool dream sets punchy and low

19Sabian
Zildgian has great cymbals... They're hand hammered... I love that, but if it breaks it's hard to find the same sound... I like sabian the most because the make both auto anvil and hammered cymbals. For my ride I like it constant sounding... But for my crashes... I like to experiment.
This cymbals are for the beginners, non-beginners, intermediate and advanced players

20CB Percussion
Good quality, Great Price

21Vic Firth

22Dave's
Perfect sound nice to use and good

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23Paiste
I am using Paiste 101 Crash Cymbol + Hi_Hat... It sounds really great...!
I have got a set of 2002's and they just amazing. I just don't why this brand wasn't on this list until now.
I use paiste symbols and they the best things I've ever had

24Pulse

25Roland
My church has a electro drum set witch I love to use so Roland is what I would get for a electro drums

26Sound Percussion

27Chancellor

28SJC Custom Drums
Handcrafted custom drums, made in the USA. They literally bring your dream kit to life. Unbeatable quality, innovation and Artist support.
Good piece, good sound, good art
Alex Shelnutt plays on custom SJCs. I think that that is reason enough.

29Crush Drums
The best sounding drums I've ever heard in my life! Amazing warmth and price point can't be beat by anyone else on the market! I can see Crush easily entering the top 10 in a matter of years! Beautiful sound with an amazing price point!
Great sounding and beautiful acrylic drums, have owned my kit since they were available.
Best new drum set there cost a lot but worth the money you guys should check them you
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30C&C Custom Drums
C and C drums are real nice. They have 6 ply shells and every thing is custom. :)
Awesome studio sound quality for the price. $ for $ BEST
Orri from sigur ros uses c&c sounds epic

31Percussion Plus
I've had mine for years. I love it

32Stagg

33Orange County Drums and Percussion
AWESOME! Travis barker uses ocdp and he is an awesome drummer! Its not the best but should at least be on the top 10
Drums are underestimated - can be played for all styles
Drums of choice for Chad Sexton of 311.

34Slingerland
So retro, listen @ Jay Bellerose on Raising sand (A. Rauss&R. Plant)
I played Slingerland in three rock groups from 1967 to 1972. They had great sound and the shells stood up well to hundreds of gigs. The chrome snare was the best.

35Basix

36RMV Drums
INCREDIBLE BATTERY WOOD BRAZILIAN SOUND AND FINISH TOP, DO NOT LET NOTHING TO WISH THE TOP.

37Gabriel

38Le Soprano

39Maxtone
This drums hadware is really great!... its really similar to tama.. as I have played in tama and maxtone and the hardware is really great!

40Kumu

41Natal Drums
Watch this Name, detailed drum kit awesome pro quality and sound.

42Taye
Makes some really great products, especially their snares. Personally, one of the best sounding snares I've heard.
I have a StudioMaple and a GoKit. Whenever I gig and Record with the StudioMaple, the sound engineers all rave about how easy it is to mic. They always tell me that they don't have to do any real EQ work. They just sound great. For smaller gigs, people are blown away by the big sound you get from such a small kit. Great drums, relative low cost. High quality.

43Brady Drums
Great sounding high end drums hand made in Western Australia. Definitely worth the money.

44Axl

45PowerBeat

46Gammon
This is a total joke. You've gotta be kidding! This stuff is crap, and it breaks after one hit. I know you might be cheap, but for this price its not even worth it. Keep saving man, if you're a beginner go with Percussion Plus.
Gammon drums produce a really nice easy sound, and the snare is really unique! The cymbals get easily dented, but the crash really sounds great.

47Exl Drums

48Leedy Drum

Oh it gives a good sound


49DC California Drums

50Dunnett
Sonor drums made in Germany are #1

51Wolf Drums

52Peavey
I have one of the Peavey International 2 drum sets, and it sounds amazing
Very nice sounding drum sets
They are very awesome drum sets!

53Millenium

54Granite

55Odery Drums
One of the best, much similar to Pearl, or DW.

56Peace
Peace is just amazing their affordable, but pro!. Their drums always have that snap. Don't believe me search kin rivera on youtube and youll see what I mean!

57DXP

58Diamond

59Tamburo

60Drum Sound

61Gatton

62Powersonic

63Supra

64Hayman
They're the best. Mine is completely reliable and sturdy. I love the sound that comes from the base in particular when I hit it with my feet.

65Ellis Drums

66Carlos

67MW Drums
The Sound its nice and loud when you drums good in tuning
It is very good than fernando drum set
Good sound and Cymbals

68Max

69Sleishman

70Simmons
These are electric drums and are great, this brand also creates the rock band drums

71Wuhan
The Best in chine

72Active

73Groove Percussion

74Enforcer

75Timoteo Drums

76Enigma

77X-Trek II

78World Tour

79Craviotto
The absolute best drums on the planet - steam bent shells - the tone is unmatched- log into youtube under memphis drum shop and listen to Craviotto drums - mind blowing.

80Thunder Percussion
I'm not sure if they make them anymore but they're sturdy, well built and pretty inexpensive. I got my 5 piece, 4 years ago for $250 and I'm now in the process of putting a custom paint job on it.

81Arbiter
Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge uses it

82TJS Custom
Custom made to order in AZ by hand.
At least 25 drummers from Arizona use them regularly.
DW quality...but less expensive

83Istanbul Agop
This is also good

84Q Drum Co.
Can't believe you don't list Q Drum Co. Probably the finest sounding and quailty built drums around anywhere.

85Rogers
My first kit 1980... Wish they still made them!

86GTX
New generation drum set

87Ashton Music

88Fibes Drums
Still one of the best U.S. made drum kits around. Great sound, big and punchy. Pity they stopped making them!

89Liberty Drums
Great UK company building their own shells and very nice drums indeed! Keep an eye on these guys.

90Mark II

91Sakae

92Yellowstone
It's a cool sound

93First Act

94Allegra
Great sounding and looking drums. Allegra has no tonal match, period. The problem they face is market penetration.
Ask around music row in Nashville. Top players know about Allegra. Gadd has Allegra snare drums even though he is loyal to Yamaha -- another great brand.
Why hasn't anyone said Allegra?

95Apollo
Served as my beginning set. Great for beginners.

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